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Probing Space

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What are humans doing to explore the "final frontier"?

The Exploring Space series delves into the technology we use to explore the universe and beyond. Probing Space shows how spacecraft called probes are used to travel into unexplored regions of space. This book examines the types of technology probes carry and explains how this technology is able to gather information about planets, moons, and other space bodies.

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Overview

What are humans doing to explore the "final frontier"?

The Exploring Space series delves into the technology we use to explore the universe and beyond. Probing Space shows how spacecraft called probes are used to travel into unexplored regions of space. This book examines the types of technology probes carry and explains how this technology is able to gather information about planets, moons, and other space bodies.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Though nearly identical boilerplate spreads and perfunctory further-reading lists that include only this publisher's titles will keep these volumes off the top shelf, they will serve as updates to older titles. Space Station covers the origins, construction, and purposes of the ISS and closes with a note about its uncertain future in light of waning U.S. interest. Mars tallies visiting space probes, from Mariner 4 in 1965 to 2008's Mars Phoenix lander, and looks very briefly ahead to future missions. Living on the Moon summarizes previous trips to our closest celestial neighbor, describes the next generation of NASA Moon landers, and discusses plans for initial lunar settlements. In Probing Space, readers will learn how space probes are launched and where they have gone, and will get a few hints about what has been discovered through using them. All four volumes pair simply written texts with a mix of small color photos and artists' renditions, with an emphasis on the latter. With one mismatched picture and caption, plus a misleading description of orbital corrections, Space Station is the weakest link; the other three titles provide serviceable supplementary or reinforcement reading.—John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605960258
  • Publisher: Weigl Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: Exploring Space
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

What is a Space Probe? 4

Probing a Probe 6

The Big Push 8

Traveling the Galaxy 10

Lunar Probing 12

Setting a Path for the Sun 14

Hello Neighbors 16

Distant Relatives 18

Visiting Guests 20

Making the Grade 22

A Day in Space 24

Beyond the Solar System 26

Test Your Knowledge 28

Further Resources 30

Glossary 31

Index 32

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